I’d like to hear more details of flying the simulator. I can’t find any details with a google search. Seems there should be some YouTube videos since they were letting people fly it. Can anyone find even a picture or did they not allow photography?
>snork< Thanks.Topaz, getting tired of your constant verifiable facts and eloquent supportable statements, if the internet breaks tomorrow I am blaming you.
Hmm. I don't see that. The bottom of the "fuselage" is a pretty narrow skid, if I'm getting a good view of it. With the fuselage/hull in the resting-on-ground position, the props are at about a 45° nose-up angle. Even with the "blowing" effect, that's asking a lot, and most of the lift is still going to come from the props. Scooting forward on the ground or in the water, with the hull in the at-rest orientation, is probably going to nose-down the front props dangerously close to the ground/water, since the drag of the fuselage/hull bottom is well below the vertical location of the CG, which shows when the thing pitches over into cruise. If this operation were practical, I would think you'd see them doing nearly level powered-lift takeoffs and immediate transitions to a climb-out and cruise in order to conserve power. Possible it was promotional, but all their takeoffs and landings were vertical or very nearly so, with the nose well up above the horizon.... It appears that it is capable of conventional take off from grass/water rather than being limited to vertical? ...
-the central part of BF fuselage with pilot can be ejected via BRS !Topaz, try youtube for autorotations. I had an "I didn't know they could do that" moment a few weeks back...
By augmented lift hassle, I'm thinking of blown flaps etc, such as used on the f-104. The eptimomy of safe aircraft design? It did get a lot better after changing to an upwards firing ejection seat...
For vertical mode that would probably be sufficient. How does the software decide that the 'pilot' wants to transition to forward mode and not just move around laterally in the vertical mode? At what point does the software transition from vertical mode, using prop thrust and torque for maneuvering, to horizontal mode where the ailerons operate in a different axis relative to the earth?I have a feeling a drone type control system would be all you need. PID attitude controller.
I've seen one video that shows it taking off on grass with a forward 'roll' of only about 2 lengths with a moderate rotation. It's linked somewhere in the above 400ish posts :whistle:Hmm. I don't see that. The bottom of the "fuselage" is a pretty narrow skid, if I'm getting a good view of it. With the fuselage/hull in the resting-on-ground position, the props are at about a 45° nose-up angle. Even with the "blowing" effect, that's asking a lot,
I hadn't noticed that - will have to look closer. In vertical mode in order to remain stationary over a point the 'ailerons' will either need to be fully reflexed or the craft actually slightly over on it's back so that the sum of the lift vectors from the wings and props are vertical. Edit: just noticed you understand this too.I think, but I haven't seen anything conclusive, the front and rear wing angles aren't parallel. What purpose would that serve? Perhaps an efficient way to trim out horizontal flight?
Useful info. Thanks!It had a typical joystick for pitch and roll that was normal. It had sort of a coulee hat button on top of the stick that controlled throttle/altitude..
If the stick had twist the instructor didn't tell me and I didn't notice. (I have twist on my sim at home). It seemed to bank and coordinate the turn with simple right stick only. No peddles.Useful info. Thanks!
When you say pitch and roll were 'normal' does that mean that roll moved the craft with respect to it's longitudinal axis in both vertical and horizontal flight or was there the equivalent of a rudder via stick twist?
The throttle/attitude: Was it incremental, like setting trim in a conventional aircraft, or did you have to use continuous input to maintain/accelerate?
I’m having trouble visualizing how one coordinates altitude with forward speed if its the same switch. I guess one has to move the stick fore and aft at the same time? I’ve never flown a drone so forgive my ignorance.The up down toggle was for throttle/altitude/forward speed.
Kind of like a R/C drone but they have two control sticks.
That is the basics of my question as well. Typical Drone 2 stick:I’m having trouble visualizing how one coordinates altitude with forward speed if its the same switch.